Archive for November 4th, 2008

source: allAfrica
4 November 2008

President Ian Khama of Botswana has called for Zimbabwe’s contested presidential election to be re-run under international supervision.

Delivering his state of the nation address to the Botswana Parliament ahead of this weekend’s planned summit of Southern African leaders, Khama said member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) had to uphold the regional standards of governance they had adopted.

Botswana was seriously concerned about Zimbabwe’s “failure to form a Government that is widely accepted by the people of that country,” Khama said. “The one viable way forward” was to re-run the presidential election.

“That way a repeat of the past run-off presidential election, which was [continue reading]

source: IOL
November 04 2008 at 11:58AM
By Arthi Sanpath

Motorists wishing for an extra jingle in their wallets over Christmas can be optimistic – economists are predicting a second fuel price cut – over and above tonight’s (Tuesday) drop of 45c a litre.

Economists predict another decrease in the price of petrol in December, depending on the rand/dollar exchange rate.

They say it is too early to put a number to the predicted decrease, but agree it could be a “substantial one”.

Dr Azar Jammine, chief economist at Econometrix, said “the oil price has recovered a little and at the moment the rand has strengthened, so we can remain hopeful that there will be another substantial petrol price decrease in December”.

He said that while some people had speculated that the [continue reading]

source: IOL
November 04 2008 at 01:00PM

Fifa first heard of SA Tourism’s decision to resign from the advisory board of Match – the company tasked with arranging ticketing and accommodation for the 2010 World Cup – through the media.

Fifa media officer Delia Fischer said on Tuesday that the first Fifa had heard about SA Tourism’s decision to quit the board was through the media, which had quoted SA Tourism’s chief executive Moeketsi Mosola as saying that Match had attempted to “bully” smaller bed and breakfast establishments and independent hotels into dropping prices.

“We were taken by surprise by his remarks at yesterday’s (Monday’s) tourism conference,” said Fischer.

The Business Day newspaper on Tuesday quoted Mosola as saying: “Match, which is tasked to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Isaiah Morewagae
Staff Writer

The Minister of Justice, Defence and Security Dikgakgamatso Seretse is worried by escalating corruption and bribery in the Botswana Police Service (BPS).

Addressing the police at a hall at the Special Support Group headquerters in Gaborone on Saturday, Seretse emphasised the need to protect the integrity of “this noble” institution.

The minister said if corruption within the ranks of the police, members of the public would lose confidence in them. He warned those with an inclination towards corruption and bribe-taking to desist or they would be expelled.

Seretse urged the officers not to live beyond their means in order to avoid temptation. He said he was concerned by the moral decay within the ranks of the police and that he still couldn’t come to terms with the fact that some police officers took the government to court over the suspension of [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 November, 2008

PALAPYE – Government does not intend to change its current stance on death penalty, the President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, has said.

Responding to a comment from a resident during a kgotla meeting he addressed in Palapye last week, President Khama said people who took their time to plan and deliberately killed others should know that they would be executed. This, he said, did not mean that the government enjoyed ‘doing it’ but it was the only way to discourage people from taking other individuals’ lives.

“The fear of facing death penalty can make a would-be killer to think twice about murdering somebody,” he said. “Nobody wants to die.” The Palapye resident had earlier commended the government for supporting death penalty and urged the president not to change the practice.

“If you deliberately kill somebody, and the courts find you guilty, know that you will be faced with capital punishment,” president Khama said amid ululations from the crowd.

He said after one of the neighbouring countries abolished the death penalty, its murder cases increased.

Responding to a question posed by Ms Mompoloki Monare who complained about the unfair competition small retailers had to deal with at the hands of foreigners who sold their products cheaply, President Khama said the government had since stopped issuing general dealers and special dealers licences to foreigners because there were reports of abuse.

He said these licences were reserved for Batswana, who should not [continue reading]

Bills and motions

source: BOPA
03 November, 2008

Discussions on two of the bills started during the last session. Such bills are the Media Practitioners Bill and the Electoral (Amendment) Bill.

Others billed for this sitting are the Public Service, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) Transition, Architects’ Registration, Veterinary Surgeons, Engineers Registration and Civil Aviation Authority Bill.

The Public Service Bill seeks to align the laws governing the public service with the country’s labour laws, which were amended in 2004 to facilitate the unionisation of the public service.

The bill merges Acts such as Public Service Act, Teaching Service Act, parts of the Tribal Land Act and the Unified Local Service Government Service Act.

It sets out the structure and composition of the new public service and the general principles and standards, which will apply to the service in order to ensure its efficiency.

To facilitate collective bargaining in the new public service, the Bill provides for [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
03 November 2008

MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai has said he will attend a full summit of the SADC grouping, even if Mugabe’s regime did not renew his expired passport. Secretary General Tendai Biti had cast doubt on Tsvangirai’s availability after saying Tsvangirai would not travel on an emergency travel document. But speaking to journalists in Bulawayo the Prime Minister designate said, ‘With or without a passport, I will attend.’

After a SADC troika of Angola, Mozambique and Swaziland failed last week to break the deadlock over the allocation of ministries, a full summit of all 15 members will try and rescue the power sharing deal signed in September.

SADC has said it will now hold the extraordinary meeting this weekend. South Africa’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday said the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Monkgedi Gaotlhobogwe
Staff Writer

The Department of Veterinary Service is this week killing a total of 1,500 infected and in-contact cattle at Kuke in Gantsi District, where foot and mouth disease (FMD) broke out last Monday.

Deputy director Kgosietsile Motsu says all the affected animals belong to three farms where the cattle are in constant contact. On Friday Motsu said earthmoving equipment were busy digging pits where the cattle would be buried after being shot and killed. The killing will go on for the next five days, according to Motsu.

He said they had no choice but to kill all the beasts in the vicinity, after the infection rate rose from three cattle to five, reaching 35 cattle by end of the week. “What it means is that everyday the infection is spreading. The cattle live together, so they are infecting one another.”

Motsu says since the [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 November, 2008

KANYE – The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Peter Siele, says government is worried that Botswana passports are in the hands of foreign criminals.

Some of the passports were traced to as far away as Canada.

Addressing kgotla meetings at Digawana, Gathwane and Seherelela in his Ngwaketse South Constituency, Mr Siele said the use of Botswana passports by foreigners has compelled his ministry to change the system governing the issuance of the passports.

Mr Siele said if a passport was lost, one would wait for a year before a new one could be issued.

The applicant will have to pay P1 000 for a new passport.

Mr Siele said recently, some passports were recovered from people of various nationalities by Interpol in Canada.

He said he was concerned that some Batswana were selling their passports to foreigners for large sums of money and then apply for [continue reading]

source: International Herald Tribune
By Celia W. Dugger
Published: November 3, 2008

JOHANNESBURG: The government of Zimbabwe, led by President Robert Mugabe, spent $7.3 million donated by an international organization to fight killer diseases on other things and has failed to honor requests to return the money, according to the organization’s inspector general.

The actions by Zimbabwe have deprived the organization, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, of resources it needs and damaged efforts to expand lifesaving treatment, said the inspector general, John Parsons. Zimbabwe’s actions also jeopardize a more ambitious $188 million Global Fund grant to Zimbabwe, due for consideration by the fund’s board on Friday, Parsons said.

The Global Fund has continued to demand that Zimbabwe return the money, and Global Fund officials say Zimbabwean financial officials have promised to do so by Thursday. Parsons said Zimbabwean officials also said they had not repaid the money because they did not have enough foreign currency.

The breakdown of trust between the Global Fund and the government of Zimbabwe comes at [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

A pension fund manager has warned that it may be difficult to protect the benefits of Batswana who are retiring today or in the coming months because of the current global market turmoil.

Infact, Alexander Forbes Financial Services (Botswana) advises those planning to retire to defer their retirement until markets recover and stabilise.

In its quarterly Asset Managers Watch dated September 2008, Alexander Forbes warns that the credit of pension members in Botswana will be negatively affected by the decrease in value of the pension fund they belong to and that the degree of the effect will depend on how the assets of the fund are invested and its investment strategy.

“Unfortunately, for members that are retiring today, it may be difficult to protect their benefits against the negative effects of the current volatility,” says [continue reading]

source: News24
03/11/2008 19:05 – (SA)

Johannesburg – Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown and East London are among 60 places which, if the ruling party has its way, will change their names to something less colonial in good time for the soccer World Cup in 2010.

A spokesperson for the place name committee, Fumanekile Dyubhele said that the names of airports in the various towns will also need to be changed and that the names “will be history by the middle of 2009”.

The Freedom Front Plus is not pleased. The party said on Monday that the Geographical Place Name Committee in the Eastern Cape is too hasty with their proposed name changes in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Brian Benza
Staff writer

There was a total of 13,890 permit holders recorded as active at the end of September 2008 of which 9,295 (66.9 percent) were employees while 4,595 (33.1 percent) were self-employed, figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show.

The majority of work permit holders were males 10,760 (77.5 percent), which continues to show male dominance in the expatriate working population. Compared to the previous quarter, work permit holders went up by 1,462 persons (11.8 percent) as the number of expatriates continued to increase in Botswana, particularly from neighbouring Zimbabwe, which is currently going through a socio-political crisis.

The CSO figures indicate that Zimbabweans recorded the highest number of employee work permit holders with 5,470 persons (58.8 percent), followed by Chinese with 898 persons (9.7 percent). The least were Ghanaians with 61 persons (0.7 percent).

With a population of over 1.5 billion in their home country, Chinese traders have established businesses in many parts of Africa, the majority of them importers of cheap [continue reading]

source: BOPA
03 November, 2008

GABORONE – The Ministry of Agriculture has made some clarifications regarding eligibility to qualify for support under the ploughing and planting components of the Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agriculture Development (ISPAAD).

A press release from the ministry states that the arable farming component of the ISPAAD has three packages that will be implemented during the coming cropping season: Provision of free and subsidised seed; free and subsidised fertilizer; and draught power for ploughing and planting.

The release highlights that free seed for open pollinated varieties will be provided for 16 hectares and any additional seed will be provided at fifty per cent subsidy.

Hybrid seed will only be available on 50 per cent subsidy.

The release notes that the 50 per cent subsidy on seed has no limit in terms of the area to be planted.

Free fertilizer is also planted for the first five hectares and at 50 per cent subsidy for additional fertilizer up to 16 hectares.

The release says this means that a person who farms 16 hectares will be given free fertilizers for five hectares calculated at the rate of four bags of 2.3.2 fertilizer or equivalent per hectare and then additional fertilizers for the [continue reading]

Zambia swears in new leader

source: International Herald Tribune
Published: November 3, 2008

LUSAKA, Zambia: The incumbent party’s candidate, Rupiah Banda, was sworn in as Zambia’s president on Sunday, vowing to keep doors open to foreign investors after a disputed election victory over his populist rival.

Speaking after a hastily arranged inauguration in the capital, Lusaka, Banda promised to follow in the footsteps of Levy Mwanawasa, the pro-business president whose death from a stroke in August prompted the Oct. 30 election.

However, the defeated opposition leader, Michael Sata, and his Patriotic Front Party branded the election a fraud and said they would challenge the result in court.

A prolonged election dispute could cast a cloud over the government and unsettle investors, especially in the mining sector, at a time when Zambia, Africa’s largest copper producer, is feeling the pinch from the global credit crisis.

Banda won 40 percent of the 1.79 million votes cast on [continue reading]